Your Guide to a Successful Renting
Experience in Pennsylvania

It is our hope that this website will help to guide you through a successful renting experience by providing general information and self-help resources regarding state and federal Fair Housing laws and Pennsylvania Landlord Tenant Law as it pertains to the rental of private residential property.

Fair Housing

Fair Housing laws make it illegal to discriminate against anyone based on a protected class. Learn more about fair housing laws, disabilities and accessibility and the next steps to take if you think you’ve experienced housing discrimination.


An eviction is a legal action started by the owner of a property to force a tenant to move out of the property. A court ordered eviction is the only legal way a landlord may force a tenant to leave a rental property. A lawful eviction requires a court proceeding. The length of the process will vary depending on the circumstances of the eviction. Learn more about the eviction process.


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ensured that tenants have the right to a decent place to live. This guarantee to decent rental housing is called the Implied Warranty of Habitability. Landlords must remedy serious defects affecting the safety or the ability to live in the rental unit. Learn more about your right to a decent place to live and what to do if your unit is not habitable.

Security Deposit

A security deposit is money that belongs to the tenant but held by the landlord for protection against damages. The tenant is responsible for the rental payments for the entire length of the lease. When the lease has expired, the tenant should have the security deposit returned to them minus any damages to the property. Have questions about your security deposit?

Downloads & Resources

Know Your Rights as a Renter in Pennsylvania
Conozco Sus Derechos Como Inquilino en Pensilvania
Fair Housing Guide to Reasonable Accommodation and Modifications
Housing Equality Center Resources